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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Matchbook Tinto Rey 2008
Matchbook Tinto Rey 2008
(search item no. 122097)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Tinto Rey means Red King. Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines and one of the most important red varietals in our Matchbook vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills. The Spanish varietals Tempranillo and Graciano contribute spicy red berry fruit flavors, Syrah adds rich flavors of black cherry and blueberry, the spicy cedar and tobacco notes are from the cool-weather Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blend: 54% Tempranillo, 34% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Graciano

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About Matchbook:

Why Matchbook? As a farm kid growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Matchbook's owner, John Giguiere, was a confirmed pyromaniac starting various things on fire such as his father's wheat field. At one point, fearing total ruin from his kids burning him out of the house and farm, his father took them to the city jail for an hour stay to impress upon his brother and him the futility of their fascination with fire. John and his brother answered at a later date by graduating from random fires to the launching of rockets which often blew up at some stage of their journey resulting in more random fires and a call to the local fire department for help. They eventually grew out of this fascination with the "Matchbook" but still have fond memories of the power they possessed.

Matchbook has four products, all focusing on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. A percentage of coastal fruit is blended into the Dunnigan Hills wines to add structure and intensify flavors.